Windsor, N.J. - It was a tale of two halves last night for
Mercer men's basketball and fortunately the team's better
half was the second one. The Vikings trailed 29-16 at halftime,
but rocketed past the #5 seeded County College of Morris to
a 60-47 victory in the opening round of the Region 19 Playoffs.
The #4 seeded Vikings will travel to Lackawanna to face the
#1 seeded Falcons on their home court in the region semifinals
Friday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. The Vikings upset the Falcons last
year (also seeded #1) in the Region 19 Finals to earn a trip
to the Division II National Championship in Danville, IL.
night's game was was a total team effort. After struggling
to hit outside shots in the first half, the Vikings shot 50
percent from the field in the second half to take a lead they
never relinquished. They were led by sophomore guard Anthony
Obery, who had 19 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. Obery seemed
to be all over the court at times in the tense and physical
were boosted by the return of sophomore forward and All Region
selection Gary Carthan, who had been absent from the lineup
for the past three weeks due to a shoulder injury. Carthan
had 12 points and 2 blocks in his return to action. They also
got solid performances from sophomore guard Jonathan Jernigan,
who had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and freshman guard Rodney
Walters, who scored 12 points despite limited playing time
due to foul trouble.
guard Jermaine Emanuel added 7 rebounds, freshmen forward
Esad Kiris had 4 rebounds, and freshman forward Brandin Youngblood
had 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists.
will be counting on two good halves of basketball on Friday
as they set their sights on defeating Lackawanna for a second
straight year. The winner will play in the Region 19 final
on Sunday, also at Lackawanna, against either Del Tech Stanton